Sanjay Manjrekar

Country: India
Born: July 12, 1965, Mangalore, Mysore
Batting Style: Right hand Bat
Bowling Style: Right arm Offbreak
Playing role: Top order Batter

Sanjay Manjrekar Bio

Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar, born on July 12, 1965, in Mangalore, India, is a former professional cricket player and a renowned television commentator and media pundit. Hailed as the next Sunil Gavaskar, Manjrekar pursued technical perfection like a man obsessed throughout his career. Despite possessing incredible talent and inherited technical rectitude from his father Vijay Manjrekar, a former Indian Test cricketer, Sanjay’s career did not reach the heights that many had predicted.

Despite never having the opportunity to watch his father Vijay bat, those who did witness his skill couldn’t help but notice the similarities in the technical aspect of their games. Sanjay’s dedication to improving his technique was evident from an early age, and it ultimately showcased in his performances on the field. He marked his presence in international cricket with a masterful century against a formidable four-pronged West Indian pace attack at Bridgetown in 1988-89.

Building on his success, Sanjay Manjrekar followed up with double and single centuries in Pakistan, displaying his high level of skill and composure. However, despite these early successes, he struggled to consistently find his rhythm and form on bouncy pitches, particularly in Australia and South Africa. Sadly, he never managed to recapture the poise and balance that made him stand out in his early years.

Throughout his career, Manjrekar labored to establish himself as a consistent run-scorer, often questioning his own ability in demanding conditions. His lack of consistency prevented him from reaching the heights of some of India’s legendary cricketers. His only other Test century came in a match-saving effort against Zimbabwe, but it was a painstaking innings that showcased Manjrekar’s ability to grind out results when needed.

In an attempt to rejuvenate his career, Manjrekar made a positional change and reinvented himself as an opener in 1997. Unfortunately, this experiment proved unsuccessful, and he gradually faded out of the international scene. Despite the disappointments towards the end of his career, Manjrekar’s passion for the game never wavered. He occasionally kept wicket for the team and was known to regale his teammates with his singing talents, adding a touch of entertainment off the field.

After retiring from professional cricket, Sanjay Manjrekar transitioned into a highly respected television commentator and media pundit. His in-depth knowledge of the game, combined with his ability to articulate his thoughts, earned him a well-deserved place in the cricketing community. With his insightful analysis and sharp wit, Manjrekar continues to make valuable contributions to the sport, enlightening viewers and fans alike.

Sanjay Vijay Manjrekar may not have achieved the level of success many predicted for him, but his dedication to technical perfection and his undeniable talent cannot be denied. Despite the ups and downs throughout his career, his contributions to the sport as a player and now as a commentator have solidified his place in the cricketing world. Sanjay Manjrekar remains an important figure in Indian cricket history, a reminder that talent and potential do not always guarantee success.

Sanjay Manjrekar Career Stats

Sanjay Manjrekar Batting Stats

Batting Matches Innings Nos Runs High Score Ave BF SR 100s 50s 4s 6s Ct St
Tests 37 61 6 2043 218 37.14 5282 38.67 4 9 220 1 25 1
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 74 70 10 1994 105 33.23 3101 64.3 1 15 99 10 23 0
FC 147 217 31 10252 377 55.11 - - 31 46 - - 103 2
List A 145 138 25 5175 139 45.79 - - 9 38 - - 64 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

Sanjay Manjrekar Bowling Stats

Bowling Matches Innings Balls Runs Wkts BBI BBM Ave Econ SR 4w 5w 10w
Tests 37 3 17 15 0 - - - 5.29 - 0 0 0
T20Is - - - - - - - - - - - - -
ODIs 74 3 8 10 1 1/2 1/2 10 7.5 8 0 0 0
FC 147 - 383 238 3 1/4 - 79.33 3.72 127.6 - 0 0
List A 145 - 14 22 1 1/2 1/2 22 9.42 14 0 0 0
T20s - - - - - - - - - - - - -

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